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NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an internationally renowned fashion, art and design academy located in Milan and Rome, the two capitals of Italy’s world-famous design, art and fashion scene.

Founded in 1980, NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy offering accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Italian and in English language, and has recently counted the highest number of students from all over the world among Italian AFAM (Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance System) Fine Arts schools.

It offers academic degrees in the design, fashion design, communication and graphic design, media design and new technologies, set design and visual arts areas.

Students at NABA can develop their creativity while preparing for the professional word. NABA has spent decades cultivating relationships with prestigious design companies and studios, and students will have the chance to work on real-world project briefs given by these companies. The emphasis on hands-on practice, balanced with lectures about art and design theory, is what makes NABA’s academic methodology so successful and unique.

With 4000 students from 80 countries, NABA is a truly multicultural environment.

The Milan campus, set in the beautiful and historic Navigli area, comprises of 13 modern buildings, while the new Rome campus occupies two historical buildings. Both campuses offer design laboratories, cutting-edge tools, student spaces and a library. Among our alumni, the employment rate within one year from graduation is 92%.


  • To study at the largest private academy in Italy in arts and design
  • To study in Milan and Rome, the international capitals of Culture, Art, Design and Fashion;
  • To collaborate with companies and institutions in projects, internships and to benefit from many other opportunities;
  • To gain a multidisciplinary, global, experimentation-oriented approach;
  • To learn from prestigious faculty members and internationally renowned professionals;
  • To attend programmes in Italian and English and obtain a degree that is legally recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), as well as at an international level;
  • To study at a multi-awarded and globally ranked Academy, selected among the leading Design and Fashion schools by DOMUS Magazine and FRAME.


  • Communication and Graphic Design
  • Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Media Design and New Technologies
  • Set Design
  • Visual Arts


Rome campus – Rome is an international city, in fact, in addition to being the capital of Italy and where the Italian government and parliament are based, international organisations such as the UN and FAO are located here, as are the embassies of foreign countries. For this reason, it counts millions of international presences every year, comprising not only tourists, but also professionals, diplomats and students from all over the world. Rome’s central location enables students to easily reach all area’s of Italy.

The new NABA Campus in Rome occupies two historical buildings of early 20th century located in the Ostiense district, a former industrial area between the railway station and the Tiber, where today the artistic and cultural heritage meets contemporary culture, becoming one of the most creative and young place in the city.

The campus covers an area of approximately 3,500 sqm with specialised laboratories, a library, study and lounge spaces.

Milan campus – The capital city of Made in Italy, it is a dynamic city with a strong international focus that proposes a model of cultural growth in continuous expansion.

By studying in Milan, you will be able to enter this creative system and the synergy of its international excellence in the areas of fashion, design, art and communication.

NABA Campus in Milan is located near the Navigli area, one of the liveliest areas of the city, and it is inserted in a historical architectural complex consisting of 13 buildings spread over approximately 17,000 sqm including study and lounge areas dedicated to students, specialised laboratories, a library, a green area, and a cafeteria.


NABA features numerous specialised laboratories where students can use professional tools for complex and interdisciplinary projects in the Design, Fashion Design, Media Design and New Technologies, Visual Arts Areas.

Students have the opportunity to experience firsthand the team work, in which the several fashion, design, communication, new technologies and art professionals confront each other and collaborate.

  • Design Labs are equipped with numerous state-of-the-art tools and machines. They have the standard equipment of tools and power tools, together with a milling cutter, lathes, a circular saw, band saws, a painting booth, and a professional thermoforming machine.  Students can carry on their projects and train thanks to the specialised sections: Light Modelling, for working with polystyrene and making studio models; Wood and Plastic, for complex machining processes; Laser Cut and 3D Printer and CNC control, to create 3D models and prototypes, cut and engrave, create 3D items.
  • Fashion Design Labs enable students to perform tailoring activities, from the first steps to the most complex projects, thanks to state-of-the-art machines and tools (such as Framis machine, Lectra System or Shima Seiki machine). The Sewing Lab is equipped with industrial sewing machines, presses, and professional irons and standers, as well as male, female and child dummies. In the Textile Laboratory there is drying equipment for fabrics and equipment for silk screen printing. The Knitwear Laboratory and Textile Library is equipped with knitting machines and it is also a place for research and in-depth information, with its collection of 4000 fabric samples, most of which have been coded and provided with data sheets.
  • The Media Design Laboratory is divided into different sections to cover the different disciplinary areas. In the Medialab, students can use audio/video equipment (professional digital cameras, like RED Gemini, video cameras, lenses, monitors, lighting, microphones). The Lighting Technology Laboratory – Green Screen is a completely dimmed space for the purpose of setting up photo and video sets, with standard equipment (light bridge sets, different colour backdrops and various types of light). The Techlab provide students with tools for audio and video post-production, editing, colour correction, visual effects, sound recording and mixing, 2D and 3D animation and VR.
  • Visual Arts Area Laboratories are dedicated to the several disciplines of artistic representation and enable students training with techniques and materials. The Painting Laboratory (Studio) provides easels, spaces and benches equipped for individual work. The Etching and Gravure laboratory is also fully equipped for printing. Students can also benefit from a Darkroom, specifically intended for developing photographic film.